Fabian Demicoli

Public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules: Deadline 28 January 2014

Over the last two decades,
digital technology and the Internet have reshaped the ways in which content is
created, distributed, and accessed. New opportunities have materialised for
those that create and produce content (e.g. a film, a novel, a song), for new
and existing distribution platforms, for institutions such as libraries, for
activities such as research and for citizens who now expect to be able to access
content – for information, education or entertainment purposes – regardless of
geographical borders.

This new environment also
presents challenges. One of them is for the market to continue to adapt to new
forms of distribution and use. Another one is for the legislator to ensure that
the system of rights, limitations to rights and enforcement remains appropriate
and is adapted to the new environment. This consultation focuses on the second
of these challenges: ensuring that the EU copyright regulatory framework stays
fit for purpose in the digital environment to support creation and innovation,
tap the full potential of the Single Market, foster growth and investment in
our economy and promote cultural diversity.

For SMEs intellectual
property rights are very often underestimated. Very often they are only
recognised once an actual problem occurs to their business. However, the voice
of SMEs is crucial in the debate about copyrights because they can be on both
sides, on the side of the rights holders as well as on the side of the users.
Therefore, we would like to present to the Commission the fields in which the
current copyrights does not serve the interests of the SMEs anymore or where it
could/ should be improved.

For further information on this consultation
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